The origin and growth of Christians at Dombivli-Thakurli can be traced to the 1960s when a few migrant catholic families settled down in the township. One of the initial activities of the new Diocese was to purchase a flat in Ambika Palace (Flat No.D-10), near Dombivli Station and appoint two priests having jurisdiction from Thane to Titwala and Karjat. One of them is the First Parish Priest of Immaculate Conception Church, Dombivili, Rev. Fr. George Edakkalathur. Dombivli Parish started functioning from 6th September 1988 from Ambika Palace.
The Holy Qurbana was celebrated at Jondhale School and Don Bosco School, who allowed us to conduct Qurbana on Sundays and Saturdays respectively. Once the Convent was established, it was very convenient to conduct Holy Qurbana daily in the school hall. Immediate and most- felt need of Immaculate Conception Church, Dombivli, of Syro-Malabar Catholics was to have an independent Prayer / Community Centre. The beginning was made with the purchase of a plot of land in MIDC and the foundation stone of the prayer/Community centre was laid by Mar. Paul Chittilappilly on 30th March 1990.
It is with pride and joy that we remember our First Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. George Edakulathur, who infused a sense of dedication in the minds of our parishioners and pioneered the completion of the construction of the prayer / Community Centre.
The Parish Centre (Amalalayam) was blessed on Sunday, the 8th December 1991 by Mar Paul Chittilapilly.
A long cherished desire of the parishioners was fulfilled with the inauguration of St. Therese Convent run by C.M.C. Sisters of Nirmala Province with a view to start a school. The convent was established on 17th January 1991 with Sr. Philiphine, Superior, Sr. Probus and Sr. Vinaya.
Since we had around 600 families at that time we were conducting gatherings, Christmas and Easter etc. at Bharat Natya Mandir or other suitable places. In the meantime, by 2006, a plot of land in Dombivli West was finalised and registration had been done.
After Rev. Fr. Paul Olickal took over charge as parish priest, he along with the Core Committee Members, visited several plots in Dombivli East and zeroed in on the present plot in Dawdi Village and finalised the same and registration of the same was done in the name of Santhome Charitable Trust of Kalyan in May 2007. On 8th December 2008, Foundation Stone for the new Church Building at Dawdi Village, Dombivli East had been laid by Mar Thomas Elavanal. On 25th September 2009 Lourde Matha’s statue was blessed at Lourdes International Pilgrimage Centre. The statue was brought and installed at our Church on 2nd October 2009 with a grand procession lead by Mar Thomas Elavanal.
Construction of the Church was completed as per schedule and the Church was consecrated on 8th December 2009, by Mar Thomas Elavanal. Rev. Fr. Jose Kokkopuzha took charge with effect from 1.6.2010.
We remember all Parish Priests and Assistant Parish Priests, who have served and are still serving our Parish: Rev. Fr. George Edakulathur, Rev. Fr. Thomas Chirackal, Rev. Fr. Vakkachan Thattuparambil, Rev. Fr. Davis Pulikottil, Rev. Fr. Mathew Manimalatharappel, Rev. Fr. George Porathur, Rev. Fr. Paul Olikkal, Rev. Fr. Jose Kokkopuzha and Rev. Fr. Biju Mannamcheril.
We also remember the Assistant Parish Priests: Rev. Fr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan, Rev. Fr. Xavier Kanattu, Rev. Fr. Shaji Parickappallil, Rev. Fr. Benny Thanninilkumthadathil, Rev. Fr. George Vattamattam, Rev. Fr. Sheen Chittatukara, Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Mukkala, Rev. Fr. Shaibu Malethadathil, Rev. Fr. Roy Manikkamkuzhy, Rev. Fr. Shiju Avanoor, Rev. Fr. Tom Vadakkekara, Rev. Fr. Joji Ambattu, Rev. Fr. Lijo Mullonkal, Rev. Fr. Joseph Chalissery, Rev. Fr. Siby Kulangara, Rev. Fr. Shaiju Kattayath, Rev. Fr. Thomas Vazhayil, Rev. Fr. Liju Irattakuzhakkal, Rev Fr. Thomas Kunnethettu, Rev. Fr. Lijo Velliyamkandathil, ReV. Fr. Sinto Pulikkottil and Rev. Fr. Subhish Vattaparamban.
At present Rev. Fr. Sheen Chittatukara is the parish priest and Rev. Fr. Shijo Koothoor is the Assist. parish priest.
Parish Priest: Fr. Biju Mannamcheril
Establishment of parish Community: 06/09/1988
Official erection as Parish: 19/01/2013
Date of the Consecration: Amalalayam – 08/12/1991,Church at Dawadi Village – 08/12/2009
Area of the Church Property
Amalalayam Land (Approx.): 5419 sq.ft.
Amalalayam Constructed Area: 4843.8 sq.ft.
Church Land (Approx.): 27000 sq.ft.
Church Constructed Area : 14000 sq.ft.
No. of Family’s: 535
Family Units: 31
Address: Dawadi Village,Near Regency Estate,Dombivli
Phone No.: 0251-2470267
How to reach:
Name of the Religious Congregation & Province: CMC, Nirmala Province St.Therese Convent, Dombivli (West) Little Flower Convent, Dombivli East
Name of Institutions at Parish Territory: St. Therese Convent School, Kolegaon, Dombivli (Run by CMC Sisters)
Email id: [email protected]